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Meghan Markle's dramatic departure from the Royal Family last year was a "tragedy", a Princess Diana biographer has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to "step back" from royal duties in February 2020 sent shockwaves through The Firm and around the world.
The gravity of this decision has been compounded by comments to the press by the couple in the 18 months since, including one bombshell revelation in an Oprah Winfrey interview in which she accused an unnamed royal of racism towards their first child Archie.
Some even gave their historical decision to quit royal life the humorous title of 'Megxit'.
The comments were made by Royal biographer Andrew Morton in a discussion with experts Molly Mulshine and Christina Garibaldi on the Royally US podcast last week.
Mr Morton told the podcast:
"I thought that she was a team player before, and she was known as a team player on Suits."
"She converted to the Church of England, she changed her nationality and was going to become a Brit."
In contrast to recent claims that Meghan and Harry had their royal escape planned from early on in their relationship, Mr Morton suggested that she was in fact more-than-willing to throw her lot in with the monarchy, commenting:
"When she joined the Royal Family, she made every effort to get involved."
"She gave up all her social media accounts and dropped the fact she was a patron of various charities. She seemed to be willing to be integrated into the Royal Family."
"I think that what's happened is a small tragedy for the Royal Family. They've lost someone who was relevant to a section of the population that they couldn't really reach."
Since leaving their roles as working royals, the pair have become financially independent.
Their portfolio includes a reported £150m Netflix deal, a spotify deal, a Silicon Valley start up role, and most recently, a controversial tie-up with an 'ethical' investment bank.
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